OPP Launches Festive RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) Campaign (November 23 – January 2, 2019)
Heading into the first Festive RIDE campaign since the legalization of non-medical cannabis, the OPP is reminding drivers that they are as prepared to deal with drug-impaired drivers over the holidays as those who are alcohol-impaired.
So far this year (2018), alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the deaths of 39 people on OPP-patrolled roads.
From January 1 to mid-October 2018, (the OPP’s latest data) the OPP laid more than 6,700 impaired driving charges across the province, 283 of which were impaired by drugs.
The OPP’s Standardized Field Sobriety Test-trained officers and Drug Recognition Experts have been in place for years and continue to prove effective in identifying drug-impaired drivers.
Novice, young (under 22) and commercial vehicle drivers cannot have any alcohol or drugs in their system while driving.
When transporting cannabis in a vehicle, it must be in its original package that has not been opened, or it can be packaged in baggage that is fastened closed or is not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle.
If you suspect that a person is driving or about to drive impaired by alcohol or drugs, you should call 9-1-1 to report them to police.
A Muskoka411 photo at a recent RIDE spot check.